It's About Time! Chunky by Jeanette Sloan

It's About Time! Chunky

February 2023
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 17.5 rows = 4 inches
in Moss stitch stripe pattern (after felting)
US 11 - 8.0 mm
8.0 mm (L)
755 yards (690 m)
One Size
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Why the name? This design was first conceived way back in 2017 after I designed On The Tiles - a felted clutch bag knitted in The Grey Sheep Co’s Hampshire Chunky. The designs unusual stitch texture caught the attention of company owner Emma Boyles and the two women decided to collaborate.

The brief? To create a bag combining my eye for innovative construction and stitch with yarn reared, spun and dyed by Emma. Well, what with one thing and another it’s taken almost exactly 5 years to launch this design which comes in two sizes; the large knitted in Hampshire DK doubled and this smaller version knitted in a single end of Hampshire DK. We’re really excited to finally share this design with you. It is about time, but we think it’s been worth the wait. Enjoy!

So how’s it made?
The bag begins with provisional cast on before knitting a narrow section of moss stitch stripes in rows. Stitches are then picked up down each side and across the cast on edge which sets up for working the rest of the bag in the round. This forms a rectangular shaped piece that, once grafted at the sides and felted (fulled), is interfaced with plastic mesh to keep it rigid and finished on the inside with a woven fabric lining.

This design was originally conceived to be a clutch but I found some rather fantastic straps that give you the option of turning it into a handbag. This is entirely optional.
The pattern for knitting the bag combines charted and written instructions. Finishing & Making Up instructions are written and supplemented with an illustrative tutorial for adding the strap. There’s also a Resources section that includes links to stockists for both bag straps and mesh.

Skill Level
Intermediate / Advanced

Finished Measurements
The finished bag measures 33 cm wide x 19 cm long x 4 cm deep (13 in wide x 7.5 in long x 1.5 in deep) after felting. Want something a bit smaller? Then check out the It’s About Time! DK version.

Materials - Yarn
This design was originally designed using a single end of The Grey Sheep Co Hampshire Chunky which is classed as Bulky / 12 ply / 7 wpi.
As this yarn has been discontinued you’ll need 345 m (377 yards) of an equivalent Chunky / Bulky weight yarn in three colours i.e. 115 m (125 yards) each of Cols 1, 2 & 3. But remember it’s knitted using a SINGLE end of yarn.

As an alternative you may also knit the bag in The Grey Sheep Co Hampshire DK, 115m / 60g (125 yards / 2oz) held double. In this case you’ll need a total of 690 m (754 yards) or 230 m (251 yards) each of Cols 1, 2 & 3. Remember in this case the yarn is held doubled.

Yarn quantities are approximate and allow for test swatching and felting to achieve stated gauge.

One pair 8.00 mm (US 11) needles
8.00 mm (US 11) interchangeable circular needle fitted with a 150 cm (59 in) long cable
120 cm (47 in) long interchangeable cable

Cable connector

8 mm crochet hook for cast-on (See pattern Notes)

Also needed
Small amounts of contrast colour yarn in the same weight for provisional cast-on

Stitch markers (or use small amounts of contrast yarn)

One large plastic cross stitch mesh (7 holes per inch) size 52cm x 33cm (20.5 inch x 13 inch) bag mesh. Click here for stockists info

One piece of co-ordinating lining fabric approx 35 cm x 50 cm

Matching sewing thread - Large pair of scissors -
Darning needle for sewing in ends - Feature button
Dressmaking pins - Sewing machine
Steam iron - Tape measure or ruler - Fabric or marker pen

For adding optional bag strap
2 pieces of lining fabric 5 cm wide x 12 cm long (2 in wide x 4.75 in long)

One 3.8 cm wide x 135 cm long (1.5 in wide x 53 in long) replacement bag strap with clasp fastenings. Bag shown uses this one from Oliver Bonas